Geology 3010 Mineralogy Syllabus Fall, 2014

Here's the syllabus and links as of 17 July, 2014

The lecture meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 - 10:30 AM in Benson Earth Sciences (BESC) Rm 185. 

This syllabus is provisional and will evolve during the semester. There is a set of links to my html lecture notes for each lecture. In addition, there is a link to the Power Point lecture notes for each lecture. The Power Point notes are subject to change right up to the time of the lecture. Initially, these are the Power Point notes from last year's course. 

This year we are incorporating the use of Clickers and will try to also incorporate many of the principles of the CU Science Education Initiative. So you will need to bring your clicker to class.

The recommended text is Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy by Dyar, Gunter, and Tasa. The text is available from the Mioneralogical Society of America in paper or electronic. I will collect a group order the first week of class.

There are four laboratory sections offered this semester. Laboratory sections meet in BESC 455. There will be no lab sessions the first week.



Dates Lecture Subject     

Aug.26   Mineral Definition    PowerPoint        Lecture           

Aug28   Mineral Properties      PowerPoint      Lecture              


 Sept. 2   Chemical Classification of Minerals          PowerPoint     Lab 1: Physical Properties                

 Sept. 4    Mineral Environments     Power Point           Lecture 
Homework 1  

 Sept. 9    Crystal Systems & Classes     Power Point        Lecture              Lab 2: Field Trip                 
 Sept. 11     Point Groups      Lecture  

Homework 2

Homework 3   

Sept. 16 Point Groups  PowerPoint                      Lab 3 Point Groups (Blocks I)

 Sept. 18    Space Groups        PowerPoint    

 Sept. 23    Crystal Structures,                                  Lab 4 (Blocks II)           
 Sept. 25    Structure and stoichiometry                          

 Sept. 30     X-rays & powder diffraction       Power Point          Lab 5 (Structure Drawing I)           
 Oct. 2   Density and X-ray Diffraction          Power Point                                 

 Oct. 7    Test 1                             1-4  	Test1Answer s              Lab 6  X-rays I (XPOW Calculation)
Sample Test I         Sample Test I (with answers)                                                                      

Problem Set 4 PS4 answers

Problem Set 5 PS5answers
Problem Set 6 PS6answers
Problem Set 7 PS7answers
Problem Set 9 PS9answers

Oct. 9  ;  Introduction to optics      Power Point         

Problem set 8 Instructions

Problem set 8 SpreadSheet

Problem Set 8 answers

 Oct. 14     Intro Optics- Microscope, isotropic minerals            Power Point       Lab 7  X-rays II  (XPOW Calculation) 
 Problem Set 10     

 Oct. 16  Birefringence &     Pleochroism

 Oct. 21     The Indicatrix   Power Point                    Lab 8. Lab Exam        
 Oct.23    Biaxial Interference figures    

 Oct. 28   Biaxial Indicatrix                          Lab 9. The Petrographic Microscope                     
 Oct. 30       Lecture Notes Light 1         Lecture Notes Light 2        

 Nov. 4          Lab 10. Isotropic  Minerals

TakeHome Test  TakeHome Instructions

Nov. 6  Phase Diagrams           Lecture Notes Phase Diagrams    


Nov. 11     TEST 2                      11. Uniaxial Minerals    
Sample Class TEST II	Take-home test due

Nov. 13    Systematic Mineralogy Native Elements  Lecture Notes Native elements   


Nov. 18    Natives and Halides Lecture Notes Halides            Lab. BiaxialMinerals  

Nov. 20           Sulfides   Lecture Notes Sulfides     

 Research Paper Due 

Nov 25-29 Fall Break

Dec.  2     Video Lecture Carbonates      Lecture Notes Carbonates    Video Lecture Phosphates      Lecture Notes Phosphates

Dec 4       Video Lecture Oxides    Oxides2		  Lecture Notes Oxides and Hydroxides                 

Lecture Notes Systematic Descriptive Mineralogy


Dec. 9   Sulfates & PhosphatesLecture Notes Sulfates                                      

Dec. 11   


DEC 15 Monday 1:30 PM (13:30) FINAL EXAM